My Review of Superdrug's Naturally Radiant Range
Who Is the Naturally Radiant Range For?
The Naturally Radiant range is Superdrug's way of supplying an affordable and vegan-friendly alternative to high-end skincare without us customers having to compromise on the results.
After taking a quick look through the range of products they on offer, there seems to be something for almost everyone, but today we are going to be looking at three products in particular:
- The Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser
- The Brightening Radiance Balm
- The Glycolic Overnight Peel
I purchased these products myself and I am not affiliated with the brand in any way.
In recent years, skincare has become a rising trend which has seen beauty bloggers, vloggers and celebs indulging in strict 10-step (minimum!) regimes that they swear is the key to their otherworldly results.
While I'm not quite sure us regular Joe's have enough free time left in our busy days to regularly spend upwards of half an hour cleansing our faces (it's hard enough to remember to clean our makeup off after a long night!), there's definitely some truth in the old saying ''quality over quantity''.
This brings us to today's review of Superdrug's Naturally Radiant range, which promises to give even the laziest (or time-restricted) skincare lovers a natural glow without breaking the bank.
1. The Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser
The Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser is targeted at those with normal to dry skin and comes with a simple, white muslin cloth which is essential for buffing off the product.
I'll be honest, until purchasing this cleanser I never once considered putting cocoa butter anywhere near my face. To me, that was just asking for clogged pores and greasy skin. But hey, I'll try anything once.
As far as first impressions go, I was immediately taken in by the smell of the cleanser. Imagine a refreshingly subtle concoction of kiwi fruit, mulberry and cocoa butter. Yum! As you might have guessed for yourself, the texture of this cleanser is super thick and creamy due to the cocoa butter which actually makes for a pleasantly luxurious application!
Not only does this cleanser literally melt away your makeup (say goodbye to wet wipes for good!), but it gently exfoliates and leaves skin feeling super hydrated. Seriously, if like me, the dreaded winter months have left you with dried out and dull-looking skin, then this product is definitely a must-have!
2. The Brightening Radiance Balm
The Brightening Radiance Balm's price seems a little steep when you consider that this is a 50ml product and the Hot Cloth Cleanser is a 150ml product for the same price.
Like the cleanser, the Brightening Balm is created from plant extracts, a combination of kiwi fruit and mulberry give off a refreshing scent that you might expect from a higher-end skincare product.
According to the packaging, the radiance balm is designed to ''awaken the skin's natural glow'' while evening out skin tone and texture. Sounds like a win-win, right?
The thing I love most about this item is how lightweight it is, and how quickly it absorbs into the skin. There is an almost immediate change after application and it forms a perfect base for applying makeup, though the hints of glitter which effectively gives a subtle all-over highlight mean going makeup-free for the day wouldn't be an issue!
I have been using this product daily for over a week now, and I can definitely see a change in how healthy my skin looks, and while I do wish it was a little cheaper, I can't fault its performance.
3. The Glycolic Overnight Peel
I won't lie, the Glycolic Overnight Peel was the product I was most excited to try after reading glowing reviews from everyone and their cat (no, not literally—well, at least I hope not!) about how including skincare grade acids into their daily routine was the secret uncovering perfect skin.
Glycolic Acid is the holy grail for exfoliation, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin. Products that contain Glycolic Acid are used often to treat scarring, skin discolouration and signs of ageing, like fine lines and wrinkles.
Now that we've got that bit out of the way, let's get into Superdrug's Overnight Peel!
First off, it's a relatively small tube at just 30ml, but compared to other Glycolic acid products on the market, it's actually a fairly standard size and price.
Superdrug recommends using this item around 2 to 3 times per week, but for those who are prone to dry skin, I would recommend limiting that use to 1 to 2 times per week as the overuse of Glycolic Acid can dehydrate your skin unless compensated with an intensive moisturiser the following morning.
Though I was a little disappointed to discover that it's not a peel in the sense that you have to remove the product like you would a traditional peel-off mask, but instead rinse your face with warm water, this product works like a dream!
I can't speak for the effect on fine lines and wrinkles, but my acne-prone skin has been noticeably brighter and smoother since I started using this peel twice weekly. As for acne scars, the colouration is more even, and I would like to hope that in a few more weeks they will have reduced.
Would I Recommend It?
While I would definitely recommend these products to anyone on the hunt for some new high quality, affordable, vegan and most importantly cruelty-free skincare items; I will say that I was shocked to discover that although Superdrug has been at the forefront of vegan/cruelty-free beauty, they have neglected to make their plastic packaging on these specific items recyclable.
I hope you have found this review thorough and informative, but if you have any further questions about the products mentioned in this article, then please don't hesitate to ask. Likewise, if you have experience with other products from this range, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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